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The Western genre meshes well with horror and dark fantasy when done carefully. The Burrowers, Stephen Kings Wasteland series and Ravenous are all marvelous examples. They take both of their genre sources seriously and do more than combine the conventions of each. In short they are good movies, good novels, good stories. Jonah Hex is lifelessly adapted from solid source material but does not tell a good story. In fact it barely tells a story at all.
Hex (Josh Brolin) is a civil war veteran turned bounty recruited by the government to track down renegade terrorist Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich) also the murderer of Hexs wife and son. Turnbull plans to unleash a nation killer weapon during the centennial celebration in Washington and Hex, together with his prostitute lover Lila (Megan Fox) is the only one who can stop him.
If this plot hackneyed wait until you see film itself which plays like it was edited by a group of seriously panicked studio execs. We get a decent bit of gunplay to start the film and badly written but tolerable character introductions but by about half an hour in the films pacing goes straight to movie hell with one unnecessary or worse disconnected moment after another winding up towards an ending that is so predictable and so lifeless you realize the execs were right to be panicked. There is literally nothing else to be said. But I’ll do my best.
I haven’t read the original screenplay but the fact that it’s by the team of Neveldine and Taylor should be a tip off that the problems start there. This is the duo responsible for the Crank films and the recent misfire Gamer (as well as the solidly below average horror thriller Pathology). There’s just no meat on the bones here. It’s as if everything mildly interesting about the world Hex comes from has been bled out in favor of bland conventions. Whatever Hex was going to be it is hard to imagine it interpreted as per the frenetic visual style of Crank which is easily the best things this duo has been associated with.
It would be interesting to see the raw footage director Jimmy Hayward was working with at the beginning of the editing process. Surely the guy behind the highly entertaining Horton Hears A Who (2008) and who trained at Pixar has far more of a sense of story than this. And the films problems certainly don’t rest with the actors. Brolin is predictably fun and looks great as Hex but the character, as written here, loses all of his near psychopathic bluster he had in the comics. Hex might shoot you for making fun of his face but only if you catch him relatively early in the movie. By the films end he is little more than a crass copy of James Bond or some mildly interesting secondary character from Wild Wild West. Malkovich isn’t exactly slumming but his role is overshadowed early on by Michael Fassbender who plays Turnbulls henchman Burke to the absolute Irish hilt. Michael Shannon, given a lead billing here, has been edited down to a single line of dialogue offering further proof that somebody has monkeyed endlessly with this thing. Lastly, worse than anything else, is the score by the heavy metal band Mastodon. It’s obnoxiously grating, completely inappropriate and turns even the most mildly interesting action sequences into self parody.
Given sufficient care Jonah Hex could have been an ultra-gritty low-budget gem. But the film all but ignores the lush supernatural landscape and creatures that dotted the comic in favor of played out action hero heroics and watered down slicked up mass appeal that will leave fans disappointed and newcomers indifferent. Expectations for Hex have been shrinking ever since reshoots were announced. But when Chicago critics received an email informing them of the films scant 81 minute run time expectations vanished. The most we could hope for was a good piece of kitsch.
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